We thought that the mixture of our silver tubes and hand carved African blackwood, interspersed with little dashes of 18ct.gold, worked wonderfully with the turquoise to create this stunning necklace.
The substance that we now know as turquoise has been treasured for many years under different names. The word turquoise dates back to the 17th century, when the mineral was brought into Europe from Turkey. The word Turquoise is derived from the French word “turques” for “Turks”.
Turquoise is a blue to gray-green mineral consisting of copper aluminum phosphate. Turquoise is formed in drier climates, in rock formations that originated from volcanic activity. In some areas water worked its way through porous rocks and left behind minerals such as copper, Iron and aluminium and through two natural processes, weathering and oxidation, turquoise is formed. It can usually be found as incrustation in cracks or as nuggets.
Copper gives the mineral its blue coloring. If there is more iron present in the mineral then you get a greenish turquoise and if there is more zinc then a yellowish turquoise colour is formed. Veins are often found in turquoise, this pattern is called a matrix or webbing. The veins are the remnants of the rock that originally hosted the turquoise and through millions of years of weathering and oxidation it is formed into veins.
We love to use Turquoise in our jewellery, it’s one of our favourite stones.